Solidere pissed at St George’s banner


This banner draped over St. George Hotel must be pissing Solidere off so much. They now threaten legal actions against media people who publish photos showing “Stop Solidere” in them when covering some event at Zaitunay Bay!

media waiver

Fadi Khoury, owner of St. George, is probably the only man who dared to stand against Solidere and their malpractices on the waterfront, who in their turn blocked the hotel’s access to the sea.

waiver form via Beirutiyat

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11 Responses to Solidere pissed at St George’s banner

  1. habib May 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Great post.

  2. Charbel Sawane May 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Solidere: (Verb: to Solidere) The appropriation and privatization of publicly owned property or space by the state in collusion with business interests who generate revenues by restricting access or charging a high fee for access

    Tania has solidered hiba’s car. she took it at night and started renting it out to strangers.
    Mom, Samer solidered my sandwiches and started selling them to his friends.

    • Rami May 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

      hahah good one!

    • Elie H May 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      Great one Charbel, it would be interesting how the same verb translates into Arabic 😉

  3. Anonymous May 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    They’re all fools. The St Georges guy rents his space out for $10,000 per night (I know that info because I tried to rent it for an event) and they still keep that “Stop Solidere” banner up there. They’re just as bad as one another.

    Solidere destroying everything in the country and St Georges for renting out a non-functional space for $10,000.

    Go figure.

    • Rami May 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      IMHO St George’s owner is free to set the price he wants for renting his venue, and $10,000 for an outdoor venue is quite normal nowadays by the way. I was checking outdoor venues back in 2011 for my wedding and almost all the prices I got in Metn and Keserwan were starting at ~$10,000.

      • Anonymous May 22, 2013 at 8:37 am #

        Yes, but the outdoor venues are functional. I’m talking about the ballroom venue within the hotel – that’s been closed for years. How does that make sense? Paying 10k, no generator, no parking, no lights (we would have had to bring our own), no chairs, nothing. 10k just for the untouched ballroom space that’s only rented by very rich people who, in all probability, work for or with solidere.

        The irony is uncanny.

  4. Michelle May 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Glad they’re pissed! Do they think having a waiver form will actually draw people’s attention away from it?
    We all know the truth of how Solidere was established even if most want to turn a blind eye to it. People’s lives were ruined because of them… ma bi sir 3leyon chi from one small banner.

  5. Bassam May 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Mr. Anonymous this is not the subject they are talking about.
    In down town Solidere is still destroying (solidering) the historical heritage, that belongs to the whole Lebanese people.

  6. noname June 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Why don’t they simply revive the place ?

  7. Roger Byron-Collins May 25, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    This really is a great shame that the St George Hotel is not restored to it’s former glory. As a regular visitor to Beirut in the late 1960s/1970s we always
    enjoyed our times at this wonderful institution. In the summer of 1972 my business partner Richard Enders organised his entire wedding in Beirut and the reception was held in the St George where I had the privilege to act as his best man. All was arranged with the kind help of Fady El Khoury. Richard flew his 35 British guests out from London with MEA and returned them in a private plane back to the UK via Cyprus where the second part of the festivities took place at the Dome Hotel Kyrenia.
    It will be wonderful to revisit beautiful Beirut again blessed with a restored St George Hotel.

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